The Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury is run by a board of volunteers who dedicate their time to foster a culture of community engagement, networking, and professional development to empower emerging leaders and young professionals in Greater Sudbury. We wanted to take some time to introduce you to each of our board members in our Meet our Board blog series! Today we are introducing you to Corissa Blaseg. Corissa recently joined our board as one of our new Directors of Membership.
Describe what you do.
This past year I left what I thought would be a career in Recreational Therapy, to go back to school for business. I am now studying business administration with a marketing specialization at Laurentian University.
Was this the career you always envisioned for yourself?
I did not foresee this career path for myself originally. I had always had a passion for working with vulnerable populations which lead me to working at Canadian Mental Health Association for over two years. As much as I loved working there, I had a desire to develop and grow professionally. In business, I see opportunity and have become more passionate about my future. I would love to continue working with vulnerable populations through volunteering.
What inspired you?
I am fortunate to be surrounded by a group of go-getters! I have had the privilege of watching friends and family become successful as a result of their dedication and passion towards their career. They are all so supportive of my journey and it inspires me to work even harder.
Why did you decide to join the YPA and what do you hope to achieve while on the board?
For over a year I have wondered what it would be like to be on the board of the YPA. I have been in such awe of the opportunities that the YPA has put forth for its members and I knew I wanted to be apart of it. While on the board, I hope to develop new skills that I can apply throughout my career, network with like-minded individuals, and get more involved with the community that I know and love.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
I feel at this point in my journey, there is only one thing that I can confidently recommend. It is never too late to start over. It is a big jump, and can be quite overwhelming to go back at square one, but there is no time like the present to take charge of your future.
What is your favourite local business?
My favourite local business is Be Greater Organics! I absolutely love this store. I like that the owner identified a need in the community, and has put together such a great business. She is clearly very passionate about her business and promoting a healthy lifestyle, and these traits were passed down to all the wonderful staff.